The Chicago Bears announced a few roster moves just moments ago.
Offensive lineman Kyle Long and defensive lineman Mitch Unrein both are placed on season ending injured reserve. To take their places on the roster, the Bears have elevated outside linebacker Howard Jones and rookie offensive lineman Cameron Lee from their practice squad.
To take their place on the practice squad, the Bears have signed offensive lineman Will Pericak and tight end Colin Thompson.
Both Long and Unrein were injured in Sunday’s game against the 49ers. Long re-aggravated his shoulder and Unrein hurt his knee.
With Long out, I would expect Tom Compton to take his place at right guard. Second year defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard, who has seen his playing time increase the last few weeks, will likely replace Unrein in the staring lineup.
Howard Jones may see some time on defense this week if Pernell McPhee, who was also hurt in the Niners game, is limited.
Cameron Lee (6’5”, 312) played his college ball at Illinois State, and is from Danville, Illinois. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Saints earlier this year.
The Bears are Pericak’s seventh team since being an undrafted free agent in 2013 with the Buffalo Bills. His only time on an active NFL roster was as a rookie with the Jaguars. The 27-year old guard is listed at 6’3”, and 300 pounds.
Undrafted free agent rookie Colin Thompson was with on Chicago’s practice squad earlier this season. The 6’4”, 259 pounder is a blocking tight end.